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The Color of Home

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Can two people stay connected for a lifetime and each know the complete truth about the other? When New Yorker Nick Satterborn falls in love with Sassa Vikander, he's convinced the answer is yes. Nick Satterborn. Songwriter. Dabbler on the spiritual path. Survivor.

Sassa Vikander. Stunning chef. Seeker on the path of most resistance. Survivor.

Contentment percolates for a ti
Paperback, 322 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Langdon Street Press (first published October 23rd 2013)
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Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Here’s a little ditty about Nick and Sassa, oh why couldn’t her name have been Ryan, then that ditty would have come across so much better? Oh well, same concept. This IS a story of two lovebirds living in the Big Apple rather than the Heartland, but I did have that song in my head most of the time when reading this book for some reason, perhaps because Nick was a musician or because oftentimes they could be found commiserating over food, although the food was more advanced than chili dogs outsi

Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it

I was very appreciative to have won this book.

If anyone is reading this review BEFORE reading the book....stick with the book past the first chapter or so. I felt as though I had stumbled into the middle of a conversation that I didn't quite "get"....I think a more gradual ease into the main spiritual concepts and main themes of the book would have made the reader get "grabbed" right from the beginning...I consider myself a fairly spiritual person that believed and related t
Nancy Steinle gummel
The Color of Home: a Novel by Rich Marcello is a first read win and I'm giving my honest opinion. I really liked this book, it was hard to put down. You get swept up in the story and can't wait to see how it ends especially with the pitfalls that hit these lover's. It is a novel of finding honesty and true love between two people. People like Nick and Sassa. They both had tragedy in their past. Nicks father dropped dead watching tv with Nick. Sassa's parents and sister were killed in a car crash ...more
Sean Barrs
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This book has all the ingredients for a trashy romantic novel that would undoubtedly leave the reader dissatisfied, except it doesn’t. This novel is deep, very deep, with lots of emphasis of love and how to maintain it and not to let it fade into the ether.

Sassa and Nick are madly in love, except there is something wrong. They decide to take some time apart to experience the world before the commit, Nick is forced to agree. The main idea is for them to become “whole” before they engage in a lif
Rich Marcello
Jun 25, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Thanks for checking out my novel, The Color of Home. It's the first of three books I'm writing about different kinds of love. The second, The Big Wide Calm, was published in July of 2014, and the third, The Beauty of the Fall, will be published in 2015/2016. I hope you enjoy TCOH, and I hope you get a chance to check out TBWC, and TBOTF. Thank you. ...more
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was very appreciative to receive this book from the author free of charge. I think the cover is wonderful and his writing is very descriptive and sometimes it swept me away.

This however was not a book that I would consider a good read. From the very beginning I felt like an outsider in a group of people telling inside only stories. I couldn't connect with either of the main characters except on a very basic level and honestly I was just frustrated while reading this due to the monotony of the
Thanks to the author and goodreads for a free copy!

I wanted to like this book, I really did.

And I did like some aspects. There were some lovely descriptions, and the song lyrics were a nice touch. The sections about cooking were great, and I really liked that aspect of Sassa's character. And that Newfoundland dog was adorable.

I loved the fact that this was about two people who sort out their own issues before seriously being together. It was a nice message -- instead of completing each other, t
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I came to The Color of Home in a roundabout way. I was looking for a love story to give my wife for Christmas. A friend recommended this book, so I checked out the author's website. I really liked the cover of the book, the storyline, and the first chapter, so I decided to buy a copy a few weeks ago. When the book arrived instead of wrapping it for my wife, I got hooked and read it all the way through. I liked it so much, that instead of giving it to my wife for Christmas, I gave it to her right ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like modern day love stories oriented towards finding meaning for life and career
Recommended to Punit by: Author giveaway
This is not a book for everyone, not even those who love romantic stories. From my perspective, it is a modern day western love story set in the backdrop of finding oneself and coming home with your soul mate.
Careers, relationships, past, present, future, meaning of life, home, music, food are the keywords that describe this book quite decently. The author is well versed in the technical details. And it shows in the quality of really good poems & songs Nick writes. For me, it was an overdose. T
Scott Flegal
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Color of Home is a tragic, joyous, intellectual novel of perpetual searching, told in the context of a modern urban love story. The principal characters, Nick and Sassa, collide in New York and appear to find magic with each other. But these two aren't shallow yuppies, skimming through life. They're both scarred by tragedies that occurred earlier on. Those tragedies elevate, for each of them in their own way, a keen desire to find truth. So to be sure they have found it in each other, they c ...more
Jessica Jett
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-review, ebook
This book was given to me free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review, and may contain spoilers. Review also posted to Amazon.

The Color of Home is a compelling novel with interesting characters and a story that will grip you and make you want to see it through to the end.

The first chapter was a bit confusing but the dialogue flowed nicely between the characters and I felt myself begin to be locked into the story. You want to keep reading, believe me.

The book is a genuine love s
Kathryn W
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a notable first novel with a compelling story and great characters.

Although I found the conversation of the first chapter initially confusing, I was immediately involved with the characters and their story. By chapter three I was completely hooked and couldn’t put the book down.

This is not a typical love story instead it grapples with the big questions in relationships; self-discovery and awareness, truth, levels of honesty and whether it is really possible to be at one with another. The
The Color of Home was an artistic, unique, “portrait-like” experience. I think Marcello has a ton of potential as a writer. His descriptions and song lyrics made the book stand out as something different than anything I’ve read before.
Overall I didn’t agree with many of the ideas and mentalities of this book. The characters irritated me to no end and the plot was infuriating at times. I didn’t find the couple/story to be relatable or realistic. I also had a hard time following the dialogue and
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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a copy of this book was won through Goodreads

I don't really have a lot to say about this book. From the very first page, I didn't connect with either character and was mostly skimming the story until the end. The story felt recycled from other novels and didn't come across as totally original. I haven't read anything else from this author so I can't even say that at least the story has his certain style or signature mark on it. It's all very gener
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much! Their is nothing better than a love that we as readers know is meant to be, but is let go hoping to find it's way again. Sassa is young, beautiful and in her life she has lost so many loved ones. She bares the physical and mental scars to prove it. She meets Nick. A sexy songwriter (I pictured him kind of like Curt Cobain) :) He's sweet as well as sexy and thoughtful. The attraction between the two feels immediate. Though things are taken slow. Besides the best relat ...more

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I believe a cover is as vital to gaining or losing a potential reader as the summary on the back of the book, if not more. It only takes seconds for someone to determine if a book is worth the time to check out or not. If I happened t come across this book in stores for the first time, I would probably pick it up. The colors used on the cover draw my eyes to the book. The title immediately stands out, easily grabbing my
Ana Rodrigues
The author, Rich Marcello, was very kind to send me an ebook copy of this book free of charge, in exchange for some honest feedback.

This is essentially a book about two people who have had their own share of pain and loss in their lives and who want to be together but need to feel whole on their own before starting a 50-year-old journey together.
All in all, it is a good story about the importance of knowing and "fixing" yourself before engaging in a serious relationship, about growing as a perso
Michelle Morgan
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edited
Weeks after reading “The Color of Home”, I am still reeling. The lyrical prose is captivating, attention-grabbing, but it’s the characters who really pull you in. The contemporary setting and smooth, easy-to-read narrative are a surprise from a first-time author, but Rich Marcello has proven himself a master storyteller. Scene after scene, the author digs deeper. Why do we love? How do we heal? And just when you thought you knew, you didn’t.

This is no cookie-cutter contemporary romance. The main
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-won
A really touching intimate story of a long term relationship and the obstacles encountered in order to bring two people together.
Nick and Sassa are a couple that must lose each other in order to find each other. Premise sounds confusing but Mr. Marcello does a good job dealing with the confusion. Sassa has a "one year agenda" that requires her to break off any relationship after a year no matter how good (or bad) said relationship is. They agree to come back for a visit annually and discuss what
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I would like to thank the author and publisher for this book that I won in the Goodreads First Reads contest. The book followed the lives of two people who found each other, parted and experienced life and moments that helped them mature as individuals and find their way back to each other. The book was slow to start but improved in the end. The characters were very self-absorbed and experiences just a little too convenient. I would consider this book more for the YA crowd. I found no substance ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Many people love this book. I did not. It was repetitive, uninspiring and just dull. It is about two people who are each working to discover themselves and sometimes working together. "And they all lived happily ever after." The content is fairy tale and not very realistic. Of course, fairy tales are not realistic. There are other books that dig deeper into ourselves, make us think harder about what we are and want to be and where we have been. Did I get any new insight from this book? NO.
I rec
Suzanne R
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads

GREAT book! Written in a very artistic way, with a lot of character and depth. This was not the typical book that I usually read, so I was really excited to take a journey down this road with the author - and after the first two chapters, found myself thrown into the world of "The Color of Home".

Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this ook from the character like sassa and just everything this book should be a best seller i cried and the suspense left me biting my nails marcello is a genius i wanna read his other books!
Jan 10, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: giveaways
I love the jewel tones of this book and ma thrilled to have won it through First Reads! Looking forward to reading it.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was really good. The concept within is a unique one. One I havent found in really any other love stories but that I think is very worthy of consideration and exploration. For that reason alone, I highly recommend reading it. The story is also interesting and engaging.

For a more detailed review of the book (dont worry, no spoliers), here you go (from my blog):
Joseph Carrabis
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
As I wrote for The Big Wide Calm, Rich Marcello is a master of scene, plot, styling and character development. Reading anything he's written (three for me so far) is 1) an enjoyable ride and 2) a classroom on how to do it. ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received “The Color of Home” by Rich Marcello as part of the “First reads” program on goodreads in exchange for my honest review.

“The Color of Home” is a novel which I wholeheartedly believe had a lot of promise, but fell short on nearly every level when it came to the execution of the story. Marcello’s novel, about two twenty-somethings who fall in love in the big apple is a seemingly appealing one. Nick and Sassa meet over coffee and are immediately attracted to one another. Nick is enthrall
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book through the GOODREADS giveaway program in exchange for a review.

The novel, Color of Home, written by Rich Marcello, centers on the relationship between two individuals: Nick Satterborn, a musician, and Sassa Vikander, a chef, as they fall shooting stars in love; endure an agonizing break-up; maintain a friendship over a six-year period; and climax with a soulful understanding of who they are individually before coming together as one, culminating in a happily-ever
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Aha! I've finally finished it! God, I know I'm awful. I meant to post this review when the book actually came out on December 3rd. But unfortunately due to exams and impending high school graduation, I had to put it aside. I think that speaks for the novel. It was interesting, as in I picked up and read it after exams and such, but it wasn't so interesting that I couldn't put it down in the first place. (You know that feeling--when a book is so good that you spend every free moment reading, and ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Stunted. Stuck. Stiff. Almost rather dull. As hard as Marcello wants to be a novelist, he just doesn't have it in him.

The dialogue is just off, and often confusing and unrealistic. Marcello tries to be snappy and quippy or whatever else, but it just doesn't work. He tries so hard to create a deep, long-term relationship between these two people, but honestly it's nothing very interesting or unique. Some authors have that spark, that talent or knack for creating relatable and memorable characters
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Rich is the author of five novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, The Beauty of the Fall, The Latecomers, and Cenotaphs, and the poetry collection, The Long Body That Connects Us All. He also teaches creative writing at Seven Bridges’ Writer Collaborative. Previously, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 c ...more

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